SC raps Centre on bonded labour in Andhra Pradesh
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Last Updated: Monday, April 25, 2011, 21:14
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday expressed its displeasure against the Centre for keeping on hold the funds for conducting a survey of bonded labour in Andhra Pradesh and sought an explanation from it.

The apex court also took strong exception of the failure of the governments of Andhra Pradesh and Haryana to conduct a survey of bonded labourers and take steps for its abolition to prevent economic and physical exploitation of weaker sections of people.

The court directed the Labour Secretary of the two states to be present before it on July 11 to explain the steps taken by them for implementation of the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976.

"The states of Andhra Pradesh and Haryana have failed to conduct the survey of bonded labours till date under the Act. In the circumstances, we direct the Labour Secretary(s) of these two states to remain present in the court on July 11, 2011, to explain what steps are being taken to implement the provisions of 1976 Act," a bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia said.

"We also direct the Union of India to explain why the central government has not released, till date, the amounts to Andhra Pradesh for conducting the survey of bonded labours. Affidavit in that regard is directed to be filed within four weeks," the bench said.

The court was hearing a PIL filed in 1985 in this regard.


First Published: Monday, April 25, 2011, 21:14

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